Route 50 in Virginia, formerly the Ashby Turnpike, is in the heart of the area where the "Grey Ghost" John Mosby, and his rangers raided. From Aldie west to route 17 is the scene of one of the biggest rolling calvary fights in the Gettysburg campaign, and along that route are plenty of buildings that were already seasoned by then. One in particular is the Hunter's Head tavern right on route 50 in Upperville, a well-known eatery which I visited for the first time last Saturday. The outside of the house is not remarkable for its esthetics, typical of a home in the mid 1800's, but the inside is different again. The house is actually 260 years old, starting its life as a log cabin, and the exposed logs are still to be seen in the main dining area, providing a sense of warmth to the decor, and accentuated by a large fire place at the far end. To step into the Hunter's Head is to step back in time, and while each room is different, each is cozy and inviting in its own way. Hunter's Head is run as a traditional English pub, so expect pub food like bangers and mash. You'll study the chalkboard to pick your dish, order at the bar and receive a large, wooden spoon sporting a number. Your server will use it to find you when you food comes out. Being a pub they have a decent beer selection including the dark beers that ought to be there. The food is good, the prices reasonable and the service prompt. It's also just fun to go to someplace that historic and linger a while. They also have a gentleman in brown clothes of colonial style who has been know to make an appearance every so often. According to the hostess on duty Saturday night, he was last sighted last year some time, so when you go, watch. Since the staff doesn't dress in period costume, he'll be easy to spot. Take the kids, spend the day exploring Middleburg, or tracing the cavalry battle and then go eat there. Just make reservations - it's popular and busy. For more on Mosby country and the inns -battlefieldwanderer.com.
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